Students protest Islamophobic advertisement in The Daily Texan

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A group of students gathered Wednesday to protest a full-page advertisement of an anti-Islam organization that ran in The Daily Texan on Monday.

The advertisement was paid for by the David Horowitz Freedom Center and features several photos of deceased persons overlaid with images of rifle crosshairs, alleging that their deaths were connected by Islamic violence.

The individuals convened on the Walter Cronkite Plaza to protest the decision of The Daily Texan to run this ad and demanded a formal apology on behalf of the paper’s staff. The students were a group of individuals representing no particular organization, biomedical engineering senior Ehssan Faraji said. 

Faraji, along with several other students spoke at the protest, and English assistant professor Snehal Shingavi offered insight on the history of racist publications in The Daily Texan.

Editor-in-chief Susannah Jacob and managing editor Trey Scott made a statement together to the protesters. Jacob offered her personal apologies for the offense the advertisement created. Both invited parties interested in discussing a change in advertisement policy to join them in The Daily Texan’s office.